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'Immigrants' hid in Maserati boots

Ten suspected illegal immigrants were detained after being found hiding in the boots of brand-new imported Maseratis.

Nine stowaways, plus one juvenile, all believed to be from Vietnam, were held in the high-powered luxury sports cars which were being carried on the back of a car transporter in Egham, Surrey.

Police issued pictures showing shoes, clothing and other possessions inside one of the boots of the cars, which had protective covers over their bodywork.

Surrey Roads Police department said nine of those detained were transported back to Dover, Kent. The juvenile was taken into police custody for social services to help.

A spokesman said: "Surrey Police was called to the Egham bypass in Egham at 1pm today following reports of suspected illegal immigrants travelling in the boot of vehicles on a car transporter.

"The nine adults were arrested and a juvenile was detained on suspicion of illegal entry into the country. The adults were transferred to the UK Visa and Immigration centre in Dover and the juvenile was taken to a custody centre, as a place of safety, to await assistance from social services."

The driver was not arrested.

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